I’m on my way home from 10 days in Thailand and Vietnam now (I will post some pics and impressions once I get home tomorrow). I go to this area of the world quite frequently, and usually fly with the Asian carriers Thai or Singapore. Jetstar is an Australian airline that offers cheap flights to domestic and increasingly also international destinations in the Asia-Pacific region. It’s the little brother of the national carrier Qantas.
You know what you get with such el cheapo airlines before you fly I guess, and that is a seat on a plane. Want a drink, you pay extra. Want to take checked luggage, you pay extra. Want to watch a movie, you pay extra once again.
So Jetstar has come up with this thing they call “Business Class”. You know, like with real airlines, where you buy a business class ticket and get priority boarding and luggage handling, lounge access with free food and drinks, and recliner seats or beds in the cabin, with 5-star culinary service.
Well, with Jetstar, if you buy a Business class ticket, you get none of that. What you get is what people who fly with normal airlines get in cattle class, few free drinks and a choice of movies or TV series from an entertainment system in your seat. The seat is not reclinable so that customers could put their feet up, there is no lounge access or priority luggage handling prior to or after boarding, the food is a microwaved plastic bowl of something unrecognisable(I was well into my second movie before I was fed on this flight), and you don’t even get frequent flyer points unless you pay extra. There also is no Duty Free service.
Jetstar Business Class is a joke. Don’t waste your money on it. If you want to fly Business, I suggest you choose a real airline.